An average-sized offshore wind farm located off the Atlantic Coast of the US could generate $720 billion (£554bn) in economic benefits.
The Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) calculated the effect of a new wind facility, using New York, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina as examples.
It suggests building a single average-sized, 325MW offshore wind farm with 44 wind turbines in these locations would create an average of just under 5,000 jobs per state and generate a total of $3.6 billion (£2.8bn) across all five.
In contrast, it claims a single month of beach and fishing closures resulting from an oil spill could cost the five states more than $2.7 billion (£2.1bn) in economic damages.
Grant Carlisle, E2’s Director of Advocacy, said: “This report proves offshore wind energy has the potential to add jobs, tax dollars and economic benefits these states while protecting their coastal economies.
“This is a good deal for states and businesses, bringing in far more investment and tax revenue than the cost of the wind farm – nearly double in some states.”